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Stratospheric balloon company Urban Sky is transitioning to commercial operations, offering up a way to image and collect data of Earth with its "microballoons." Urban Sky, a Colorado-based company focused on collecting images and data of the Earth using small stratospheric balloons, says it is officially entering commercial operations after three years of operating partly in stealth and raising funding. The

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Google tool shows what’s on the surface of the Earth in real time

Google and the World Resources Institute created Dynamic World, a near real-time land cover dataset built through deep learning to show what’s on the surface of the planet. A new dataset from Google shows the features on the surface of the Earth in near real time, the company announced Thursday. The tool, called Dynamic World, uses deep learning and satellite imagery to develop a high-resolution land cover map that

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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft returns to Earth, wrapping up critical test mission

Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, undocked from the International Space Station this afternoon and landed in New Mexico, bringing an end to a critical test mission for NASA. After spending a little less than a week at the space station, Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, returned to Earth this afternoon, landing intact with the help of parachutes and airbags in the New Mexico desert. The

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What you’re seeing in Google’s Earth Day Doodle

For Earth Day, Google’s Doodle shows time lapses of the climate crisis across the globe. The GIFs depict melting glaciers, stressed corals, and dying forests. This Earth Day, Google is dedicating its Doodle to how badly we’re messing up our beloved planet. It’s actually kind of a cool Doodle. Four different GIFs show time lapses of dramatic changes driven by climate change. From Australia’s Great

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Chinese astronauts return to Earth after spending six months in space

Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after a six-month stay aboard China’s incomplete Tiangong space station. During the mission, Wang Yeping made history as the first Chinese woman to conduct a spacewalk. Three Chinese astronauts, also known as taikonauts, safely returned to Earth yesterday after spending six months aboard China’s unfinished Tiangong space station, according to a report from Space.com. This is China’s second crewed mission to

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NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei scheduled to return to Earth in Russian space capsule

On March 30th, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will come back to Earth after a year-long stay aboard the International Space Station, returning home in a Russian Soyuz rocket. His journey back to Earth has been an ongoing concern amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Record-breaking NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station on early March 30th, coming back in a Russian Soyuz rocket along with two Russian cosmonauts. His scheduled journey back to the planet has

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What on Earth is going on with Peloton?

In its most recent earnings call, Peloton announced CEO John Foley stepped down, 2,800 jobs were cut, and its manufacturing ambitions were put on hold. Investors are pushing for a sale, but Peloton’s fate still rests in Foley’s hands. Things are a lot less rosy for Peloton these days. Once a pandemic darling, the connected fitness company has seen its stock price plunge in recent months. TV shows have turned its bike into a deadly punchline, and there’s been no shortage of

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David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth is becoming a new graphic novel

David Bowie stars in Titan Comics’ new graphic novellization of The Man Who Fell to Earth from writer Dan Watters and artist Dev Pramanik. Though director Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth from 1976 was itself an adaptation of Walter Tevis’ sci-fi novel of the same name, David Bowie’s performance in the cinematic adaptation has become so iconic that Titan Comics plans to

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Colonialism still influences the earth sciences today — and that’s a big problem for research

A new study reveals biases in the fossil record. The Verge spoke with scientists about how to end colonialism’s legacy in earth sciences. Colonialism is so entangled in earth sciences that its ugly legacy still influences research today. Scientists are struggling to undo the damage that colonization has had on their fields, which have been dominated mostly by white men from wealthy

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Apple’s former securities lawyer pleads guilty for doing the insider trading he was supposed to prevent

Gene Levoff, a former Apple laywer who was in charge of preventing insider trading at the company, has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, according to the DOJ. A former Apple lawyer who was in charge of preventing insider trading has pleaded guilty to six counts of securities fraud for insider trading, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Gene Levoff, once the company’s former

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EA’s ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ video of the new Skate still looks pretty great

EA debuted a new trailer of the next game in the Skate, though it features "pre-pre-pre-alpha" footage of the upcoming skateboarding sequel. The company is also inviting players to sign up to test the game. EA announced in 2020 that a new Skate game was on the way, and on Thursday, we got our first look — well, sort of. The company debuted a trailer with what it calls “pre-pre-pre-alpha” footage of the upcoming skateboarding sequel, and even in

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